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The Patriarch (fic.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
Country: New Zealand
Language: English, Maori
Subtitle: Serbian, English
Cast: Temuera Morrison, Akuhata (Augs) Keefe, Nancy Brunning, Jim Moriarty
Screenplay: John Collee
Producer: Robin Scholes
Director of Photography: Ginny Loane
Editing: Michael Horton
Music: Mark Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper, Tama Waipara
Production name: The Patriarch Ltd
Distribution: Five Stars Film Distribution / fivestarsfilms.rs
1960s, the East Coast of New Zealand. Two Maori sheep-shearing families – the Mahanas and the Poatas – are sworn enemies and commercial rivals. 14-year-old Simeon Mahana – the youngest son – seeks allies against his traditionalist grandfather, Tamihana. As Simeon unravels the truth behind the longstanding family vendetta, he risks not just his own future prospects but the cohesion of the entire tight-knit society.
From the author of Whale Rider, the screenwriter of Master and Commander and the producer and director of Once Were Warriors, comes a profound and moving tale of rural family life in a beautiful and remote corner of the planet.
Of Ngāti Porou descent, Tamahori is an internationally acclaimed feature film director who has returned to New Zealand after 20 years working overseas, mainly in Hollywood.
His feature film credits over this period include: The il’s Double (2011), the real life story of Latif Yahia who worked as a body double for Uday Hussein which premiered at Sundance. Next (2007), starring Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore, xXx: State of the Union (2005), starring Ice Cube and Samuel L. Jackson. In 2002, he directed the James Bond film Die Another Day starring Pierce Brosnan. Other films Lee has directed are Along Came a Spider (2001) starring Morgan Freeman, The Edge (1997) starring Anthony Hopkins and Mulholland Falls (1996) with Nick Nolte and Melanie Griffith.
Festivals and awards
Berlin Film Festival, 2016
Toronto International Film Festival, 2016
Melbourne International Film Festival, 2016
Jagran Film Festival, 2016
A sweeping, affectionately grandiose folk epic, The Patriarch brings Tamahori back to his roots.
Tommaso Tocci, The Film Stage
This is proudly a Maori story with a Maori denouement, and it’s a fitting reminder of the important place Ihimaera occupies in our national literature.
Peter Calder, New Zealand Herald
Proudly expands the still-limited canon of essential films about New Zealand’s tribal people…
Peter Debruge, Variety
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